Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

One can hope that the release of Scott Walker: 30 Century Man means Walker’s work will become readily available. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man is a decent assemblage of rare images from Walker’s life, with some wise remarks from his peers. As a film, in the end, the results are sadly insubstantial: the private man remains so and the employment of weightless, digital renditions of Walker’s music remind me of screensavers. For this admittedly biased Scott Walker fan, one who asserts that Scott 4 is one of the great works of art of the past forty years, and The Drift one of the finest this decade, I realized that what I know and love about Walker was all there. What isn’t there, unfortunately, is a film that pushes the form and leaves more to be desired, much like Walker himself.


2 responses to “Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

  1. well, it seems that nearly every critic on the planet disagrees with you – and heaps of his fans, including me – have seen the film about 5 times and find it more and more rewarding with each view

  2. I guess I’m just plain wrong, then.

    I will say this, though: as someone who knows a fair amount about Scott Walker, wants information about the man that isn’t just Wikipediaesque, and would like a film that serves the music as much as the artist, I was disappointed.

    Big Louise, I have a question for you: are you defending Scott Walker or the Scott Walker film? With your username and email address, you are clearly paying homage to the man.

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